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December 19, 2011 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com215-854-5916
A man and his son who were shot Saturday night in a rural, hilly corner of Montgomery County had come looking for a fight, authorities said Monday. Joshua Levin, 34, and his adopted son, Zachary Levin, 19, of Barto, Berks County, had brought baseball bats to a split-level house on Snyder Road in Upper Frederick Township, and didn't back down when faced with a loaded handgun. Zachary Levin, a student at Boyertown Area Senior High School, was fatally shot, and Joshua Levin was wounded in the arm, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said in a news release.
NEWS
November 25, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Government workers will see smaller pension checks. There will be mandatory recycling for old TVs and computers. And you'll have to ask your pharmacist for a package of Sudafed. These are among a raft of Pennsylvania laws set to take effect in the coming months. Gov. Rendell on Wednesday signed 22 bills into law, the result of a rush of end-of-session legislation. He did so in private and without comment. The pension law raises the retirement age from 62 to 65 for newly hired teachers and government workers, and sets an annual cap on employer contribution increases to help address the high cost of pension coverage.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A PHILADELPHIA jury on Friday will begin deliberating the fate of a Tacony man who pumped seven bullets into a neighbor who had complained about the man letting his dogs poop on his lawn. The Common Pleas jury of eight women and four men heard closing arguments Thursday and now must decide if what Tyrirk Harris did to Franklin Manuel Santana last Feb. 14 was murder, manslaughter or self-defense. Harris, 28, who is being held without bail, testified that Santana, 47, knocked on his front door, on Torresdale Avenue near Magee, and threatened him over his two dogs - a Chihuahua and a German shepherd.
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February 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writerdeanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
The Tacony man who fatally shot a neighbor who had complained about dog doo on his lawn was convicted of murder Friday. The Common Pleas jury of eight women and four men convicted Tyrirk Harris, 28, on charges of third-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime. He is to be sentenced on April 26. Assistant District Attorney Deborah Watson-Stokes said she would seek 20 to 40 years in prison, the maximum sentence for a third-degree murder. Harris, 28, who is being held without bail, testified that victim Manuel Santana, 47, knocked on his front door, on Torresdale Avenue near Magee, and threatened him over his two dogs - a Chihuahua and a German shepherd.
NEWS
September 12, 2012
Pennsylvania lawmakers quietly disarmed the state House of Representatives' 16 guards after learning that one had a violent criminal history. It seems the legislators are more than willing to restrict who can carry a gun when it comes to their personal safety. Too bad the general public isn't given the same consideration. These are the same legislators who won't crack down on the "straw" purchasers who legally buy guns and then sell them to the criminals who terrorize communities.
NEWS
April 24, 2011
Orchestra's plight and Pew foundation Something is surely rotten in Philadelphia when the orchestra's management can file for bankruptcy in order to deprive musicians of their benefits. The decision seems to have had a lot to do with the Pew foundation, the largest in the area, which decided not to support the orchestra. So far, the Pew is batting 1.000 in the category of cultural fiascos. First, it spearheaded the Barnes move. Now this. Phew! Edith H. Saltzberg Merion esaltzberg@gmail.com Mentoring alone won't end violence Charles Williams has a brilliant idea ("A call for mentors - for the parents," Monday)
NEWS
November 30, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - For eight years, Gov. Rendell has lobbied hard in the halls of the Capitol for what he calls "commonsense" handgun laws. He wanted to limit sales to individuals to one handgun a month. He wanted owners to report lost or stolen weapons. He wanted to close a loophole in state law that he believes lets criminals use gun permits obtained in other states. At each turn, the legislature - including some of his allies in the Democratic-controlled House - knocked down the proposals like so many slow-moving clay birds on a skeet-shooting range.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In just three days last week, the General Assembly tackled tort law, welfare, gun rights, school vouchers, a bill that empowers big builders, and another that some say would trounce abortion rights. If there was any lingering doubt about who is in charge in the Capitol, the conversation in Harrisburg's halls of power last week put it to rest. Republicans, who control the legislature and the governor's office, are pushing through an increasingly conservative agenda, the likes of which has not been seen here in decades - certainly not under Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, or even Republican predecessors such as Tom Ridge and Dick Thornburgh.
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